Public Art of the Pacific Northwest


Public art adds immeasurable vibrancy and dimension to a city, enlivening neighborhoods and activating open spaces. It creates unique public spaces that celebrate cultural diversity or provides a place for quiet contemplation. Certain works become iconic symbols, inextricably linked and associated with their locations.

In 1973 Seattle became one of the first cities in the United States to adopt the 1 Percent for Art ordinance. The collection has grown to include more than 400 permanently sited and integrated works and nearly 3,000 portable works.

The Percent for Art program has allowed for the permanent placement of high quality and accessible art in public places. In neighborhoods all over this city and others, a large range of artwork can be found that endeavors to inspire, delight and challenge the viewer.

 

Doubtful Study I 
Lee Kelly, Doubtful Sound I, 2008,
collage with white gold leaf, 34.5x29,"
Courtesy of the artist and Elizabeth
Leach Gallery.

 

Lee Kelly
Doubtful Sound I, 2008 
collage with white gold leaf 
34.5 x 29"
Courtesy of the artist and
Elizabeth Leach Gallery

  

Mark R. Smith 
In the Course of Forming an
Aggregate Whole (Dark Green),
2010
painted fabric and paint on wood panel
30.25 x 23.5"
Courtesy of the artist and Elizabeth Leach Gallery

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Doubtful Sounds I
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In the Course of Forming an Aggregate Whole (Dark Green)

Public Art of the Pacific Northwest

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    Lee Kelly, Doubtful Sounds I, 2008, collage with white gold leaf, 34.5 x 29," Courtesy of the artist and Elizabeth Leach Gallery

    One of the Northwest's most influential and respected artists, Lee Kelly (b. 1932, McCall, ID; lives and works Oregon City, OR) is well-known for his large-scale public commissions. Kelly's modernist sculpture, along with his drawings, paintings and collage, reflect aesthetic influences from the artist's extensive travels.

    Kelly's long, prestigious career and prolific nature have resulted in a significant body of work which can be seen in public and private collections throughout the country, including at the Portland Art Museum (Portland, OR), Stanford University (Palo Alto, CA), New Orleans Art Museum (New Orleans, LA), Seattle Art Museum (Seattle, WA), and the City of Sapporo, Japan. Kelly is represented by the Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, OR.

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    Mark R. Smith, In the Course of Forming an Aggregate Whole (Dark Green), 2012, painted fabric and paint on wood panel, 30.25 x 23.5,” Courtesy of the artist and Elizabeth Leach Gallery

    Mark R. Smith (b. 1958 Salem, OR; lives and works Portland, OR) continues his exploration of place and identity through pattern and recycled textiles, creating unconventional objects based on a conceptual framework. Smith manifests his ideas through a labor-intensive process, transforming everyday materials into dynamic, thoughtful paintings.

    Smith maintains an active studio practice and has completed several large-scale public art projects in the region, including projects with Trimet, Providence Hospital, the Port of Portland and Lewis & Clark College's Howard Hall (all Portland, OR) and Western Oregon University (Monmouth, OR). His work is also included in the King County Public Art Collection (Seattle, WA). Smith is represented by the Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, OR.

 

 

 

 

  

  Participating Artists     
   
Leo Berk
Ann Hamilton
Lee Kelly
Jeffry Mitchell
Robert Rauschenberg
Nori Sato
Buster Simpson
Mark R. Smith
 

 

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